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Hospital helps parents plan for twins

Posted June 10, 2010 1:53 p.m. EDT
Updated June 10, 2010 6:27 p.m. EDT

— Hospitals are offering a new type of parenting class in response to a growing number of multiple births.

More families are having twins for a pair of reasons: invitro fertilization and the older age of women who are waiting to start families.

WakeMed in Cary started a class just for expectant parents of twins, rather than the usual single babies.

"Although they're the same in many ways, there's lots of differences," WakeMed birth educator Kathy Underhill said.

"From what I understand, it's apples and oranges," Sarah Mauney, who is pregnant with twins, said.

The risk of pre-term labor and of C-section delivery doubles with twins.

Mauney said that because of those risks, her doctor put her on bed rest at 34 weeks. She took medication to stop labor until it was safe for the babies to be delivered by C-section.

"Everything was great," Mauney said. Her newborn twins, Mary and Jackson, spent "no time in neonatal intensive care at all."

Once at home, Mauney and her husband Justin benefited from the advice of friends they made in the parenting class. She said they have shared tips on the best cribs, strollers and, most importantly, the feeding schedule.

"If one's asleep while the other's hungry ... we wake up whoever's still sleeping, so they eat at the same time," Mauney said.

That tip from their parenting class doubles the Mauneys' sleeping time, which both mom and dad desperately need.

"It's just everything, between feeding and sleeping," Justin Mauney said. "There's just always something to do, everyday, something new."